What The Friends do

Help build a “FRIENDSHIP” for Selby Library--& the Community

The Friends of the Selby Public Library, a 501(c)(3) organization, has given the impressive amount of over a million dollars the past ten years to enhance the lives of children and adults, by funding thousands of programs at Selby Library and ensuring that the Library remains a shining jewel of the community.

The foundation for building a better life begins with literacy, and thanks to the infusion of Friends funding Selby Library is able to purchase additional books and media, provide FREE vibrant and inspiring youth and adult programs, and host appreciation events for volunteers of the Library.  The Sarasota County Library System has  had the distinction of receiving the honor of being named “2012 Library of the Year” by the Florida Library Association.

The Friends of Selby Library Bookstore (a virtual “Reading Wonderland”) offers a variety of thousands of donated, low-priced books and media. Literacy is promoted by enabling many to enrich their lives via the rewards and joys of reading.

Among Friends fundraisers, the annual “Looking into the Crystal Ball” has been very successful every January since its inception five years ago, attracting more than 700 attendees inside the Selby Library. All proceeds benefit the Library and its new teen center ( which the Friends helped fund), and yearly programs for pre-teens and teens.

Friends Memberships begin at $25, annuallyCorporate Memberships (business card/name in the Friends Newsletters) are also available. The Selby Friends Bookstore, with 29 active volunteers, offers low-priced gently read donated books and media.  Donations and media are always welcome and are tax-deductible. 

The Friends of the Selby Public Library thanks its generous Members and Board Members who have helped enrich many lives by spreading the word about Selby Public Library and the value, pleasures and rewards of literacy.

DURING THE PAST FISCAL YEAR Selby Friends has given to the Library:

  • More than 800 books and music materials valued at thou­sands of dollars
  • Over $15,000 in support of more than 100 free youth programs and events
  • Over $4,200 for the presentation of more than 60 free special events and programs for adults
  • Over $22,000 for the coordination, organization, orienta­tion and support of Selby Library Volunteers
  • Over 400 free events for children

Selby Friends has given the Library and the community, OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS:

  • Over $400,000 in support of Selby Library’s mission and programs
  • Over 7,100 free Library presentations/events
  • The support & coordination of thousands of Library Volunteers who have contributed over 241,000 hours of their time, talents and expertise
  • Friends Bookstore, which enables the public to buy a vari­ety of donated, used books at low prices
  • Thousands of dollars in book donations and support to literary-related community charities